Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

My article in Slate

by Rob - January 27th, 2011.
Filed under: Nonfiction.

See my article “The Purpose of Science Fiction” in Slate.

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4 Responses to My article in Slate

  1. Interesting article. I’d have never thought that NASA would consult you and Jack McDevitt. (No offense, love you both!) I’m curious what you talked about.

  2. We were both participating in a workshop at the NASA Ames Research Center on “The Future of Intelligence in the Cosmos.”

  3. Great article. As a bit of a jump (my mind, like God, works in mysterious ways), it put me in mind of a documentary that came out a couple years ago: “How William Shatner Changed the World”. It would be interesting to see a side-by-side timeline comparison of major scientific advancements and major works of SF. Just a thought.
    Oh, and while I was reading, I thought of another purpose of SF – it serves as a touch-point for current scientific development. I don’t know how many times I’ve read through a good SF novel, only to have an “Aha” moment, and go off on a tangent to research current developments in nanotechnology or some such.

  4. Sorry – this is off topic BUT I’ve love to see your comments on IBM’s Watson pulling way ahead of Ken Jennings & Brad Rutter the 2nd day of the 3 day match. Natch, it makes me think of your Wake Watch Wonder trilogy. Did you know about Watson near the beginning of it’s development?

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